Alisa Plant Named Director of LSU Press

Louisiana State University Press is pleased to announce that Alisa Plant has been named director of the Press and publisher of The Southern Review, effective March 4. Plant will be the seventh director of LSU Press.

Plant returns to LSU Press from the University of Nebraska Press, where she served as editor-in-chief since 2015. Under her supervision, UNP increased its annual output of titles by 35 percent. She previously worked in acquisitions at LSU Press for nearly a decade. Prior to that she was an assistant editor at the Yale Center for Parliamentary History. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University and a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas.

“I’m delighted to be coming back to Louisiana as director of LSU Press and publisher of The Southern Review,” Plant said. “Since 1935, LSU Press and TSR have published distinguished works of lasting scholarly and literary merit, and I’m honored and excited—with the aid of supremely talented colleagues—to carry on this tradition.” Jane Cassidy, Senior Vice Provost of Louisiana State University, commented, “It is particularly exciting to welcome Alisa back home to LSU. Her intimate knowledge of LSU Press and The Southern Review, having worked here previously, will be a great advantage in her new role.”

Founded in 1935, LSU Press is a nonprofit book publisher dedicated to the publication of scholarly, general interest, and regional books. It has long been recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding scholarly presses and continues to garner national and international accolades, including four Pulitzer Prizes. An integral part of LSU, the Press shares the university’s goal of the dissemination of knowledge and culture.

Since its creation in 1935, The Southern Review has consistently distinguished itself as one of the country’s premier literary journals and has been hailed by Time as “superior to any other journal in the English language. ”

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